FAA, SMAA, FDOT Dedicate Air Traffic Control Tower

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BY SRQ DAILY FRESHLY SQUEEZED CONTENT EVERY MORNING TUESDAY SEP 11, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority (SMAA), and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) dedicated the new Air Traffic Control Tower at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport yesterday. The 128 foot-tall tower is a significant investment in  the nation’s airport infrastructure and enhances air traffic controllers’ ability to provide the safest, most efficient service to flights at the busy Florida airport. The FAA, SMAA and FDOT funded the $24.8 million facility under a unique agreement.  The FAA invested $7.2 million in the new tower design, engineering and electronic equipment, which the agency installed and will maintain. SMAA funded $8.9 million for construction and it will own and maintain the building. FDOT also contributed $8.7 million for tower construction. The facility includes a 9,000-square-foot base building that houses equipment, administrative offices and training rooms. The new facility includes an updated voice communications system, radio transmitter and flight data processor, which controllers use to communicate with other FAA facilities and the airport.

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